MACON – Mercer University School of Law will host its 2014 Law Day luncheon with the Honorable Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, scheduled to deliver the keynote address. The event will be held Friday, March 28, at 12:30 p.m., in Hawkins Arena inside the University Center on the Macon campus. Calabresi's presentation is titled "Faith in Law and Faith in People."
The luncheon is $25 for alumni who register before March 18, and $35 at the door. Registration is available online at mercerlawday2014.eventbrite.com or by contacting Leslie Cadle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (478) 301-2180.
Judge Calabresi was appointed United States Circuit Judge in July 1994, and entered into duty on Sept. 16, 1994. Prior to his appointment, he was dean and Sterling Professor at Yale Law School, where he began teaching in 1959 and is now Sterling Professor Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer in Law. Judge Calabresi received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Yale College in 1953, a B.A. degree with First Class Honors from Magdalen College, Oxford University, in 1955, an LL.B. degree, magna cum laude, in 1958 from Yale Law School, and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in 1959. A Rhodes Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif, Judge Calabresi served as the note editor of The Yale Law Journal, 1957-58, while graduating first in his law school class. Following graduation, Judge Calabresi clerked for Justice Hugo Black of the United States Supreme Court. He has been awarded some 40 honorary degrees from universities in the United States and abroad, and is the author of four books and more than 100 articles on law and related subjects.
During the event, Mercer Law School will recognize two alumni for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession: Thomas P. Bishop, CLA '82, LAW '85, Outstanding Alumnus Award; and Deryl Dantzler, CLA '64, LAW '81, Alumni Meritorious Service Award.
The Law Day theme is "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters." Established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Law Day is designed to strengthen the public's understanding of the American justice system. Though the national observance of Law Day is generally May 1, many law schools, including Mercer Law School, publicly recognize it earlier in the spring semester due to the heavy academic demands in May.
About Mercer Law School
Founded in 1873, the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School's educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality, general practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its "depth of excellence." With an enrollment of about 440 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public service, and ethics and professionalism. For more information about Mercer Law School, visit www.law.mercer.edu or call (478) 301-5000.